Aussie Teen Hacks Into Apple

By August 24, 2018
Aussie Teen Hacks Into Apple Photo by Grzegorz Walczak on Unsplash

Over a course of a year a 16-year-old Australian school boy, from Melbourne, hacked into Apple servers, stole 90GB of secure files and accessed customer accounts, using a system of "computerises tunnels online bypassing systems".

The Aussie Teenager reportedly did this "because he was such a fan of Apple" and hoped to work there one day.

Apple contacted the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation when it became aware of the intrusion, involving the FBI and the Australian Federal Police.

The boy, who studies in a private school, develop computerised tunnels and online bypassing systems to hide his identity until a raid on his family home uncovered a litany of hacking files and instructions all saved in a folder titled “hacky hack hack”.

"Two Apple laptops were seized and the serial numbers matched the serial numbers of the devices which accessed the internal systems," a prosecutor was reported as saying.

A mobile phone and hard drive were also seized whose IP address matched those detected in the breaches, he added.

Further analysis found that the schoolboy successfully accessed “authorised keys” as part of his offence and shared these keys and boasted about his hacking with members of a WhatsApp group.

 

An Apple spokesman said the company’s information security personnel “discovered the unauthorized access, contained it, and reported the incident to law enforcement” without commenting further on the specifics of the case.

“We ... want to assure our customers that at no point during this incident was their personal data compromised,” the spokesman said.

The teenager is set to be sentenced on Sept 20.

References:
Kaye Byron, Nellis, Stephen "Apple reassures customers after Australian media reports hack by teen", Reuters, 17 August 2018
Pearson, Erin "Melbourne teen hacked into Apple's secure computer network, court told", The Age, 16 August 2018